Black Eyed Man

Black Eyed Man

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by Cowboy Junkies
     
 

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The Cowboy Junkies' Black-Eyed Man is an excellent return to form following their disappointing third LP, The Caution Horses. Where Michael Timmins' songwriting was stilted and overly self-conscious on the previous record, here his character studies are literate and finely-etched; like See more details below

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The Cowboy Junkies' Black-Eyed Man is an excellent return to form following their disappointing third LP, The Caution Horses. Where Michael Timmins' songwriting was stilted and overly self-conscious on the previous record, here his character studies are literate and finely-etched; like Robbie Robertson before him, Timmins' Canadian roots allow him to view the rural American experience with unique objectivity, and narratives like the opening "Southern Rain" and "Murder, Tonight, in the Trailer Park" are told with compassion and cinematic detail. Black-Eyed Man also broadens the Junkies' musical horizons: "If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man," a duet with John Prine, is like a '50s-era love song intercepted from an alternate reality; while tracks like the lilting "A Horse in the Country" push the group closer to the folk-pop territory of 10,000 Maniacs. At the same time, their country roots are further reinforced by a pair of outstanding Townes Van Zandt covers, "Cowboy Junkies Lament" and "To Live Is to Fly"; sandwiched between them is Timmins' own tribute, "Townes' Blues."

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972947723
catalogNumber:
729477
Rank:
54974

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cowboy Junkies   Primary Artist
John Prine   Vocals
Alan Anton   Bass
Jeff Bird   Harmonica,Mandolin
Jaro Czerwinec   Accordion
Bob Doidge   Acoustic Guitar,Cello
Dave Houghton   Percussion
Lewis Melville   Banjo
Ken Myhr   Guitar
Margo Timmins   Guitar
Michael Timmins   Guitar
Peter Timmins   Drums
Tony Quarrington   Guitar
Colin Couch   Tuba
Rob Summerville   Trombone
Dave Allen   Fiddle
Tom Walsh   Trombone
Spencer Evans   Clarinet,Piano

Technical Credits

Bob Doidge   Engineer
Dave Houghton   Art Direction
John Oliviera   Engineer
Michael Timmins   Producer
Matthew Cooper   Illustrations
John Oliveira   Engineer

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